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Frankenstein


Published 1910


This is Edison's COMPLETE 1910 silent Frankenstein film.


Producer Thomas Edison
Audio/Visual sound, color

Reviews

Reviewer: JADawley - - March 18, 2014
Subject: Download
How do I download it?
Reviewer: ShieDog - - April 1, 2012
Subject: Wow!
This movie is now 102years old and it is still captivating... amazing :)
Reviewer: Media Lover - - March 26, 2012
Subject: Amazing Even After More Than A Century!
Amazing! So much told in so little time! What a treat in this day of CGI and stuff. Just gets to show us that you don't need sophisticated effects to give you the thrills!
Reviewer: Pleonic - - March 19, 2012
Subject: Truly Macabre
Even after 100+ years the creation of the monster is creepy as all get out!
Reviewer: Bootsbounty - - March 19, 2012
Subject: Wonderful film
This was the first movie to be banned for viewing in this country on the basis that "This movie is an affront to God and man!" Thankfully everyone did not share this viewpoint. We would have lost a great film!
Reviewer: nigeldavahah - - October 27, 2010
Subject: very cool
a must see
Reviewer: SilentHorror - - October 27, 2010
Subject: Impressed
Im young, barley through junior high and I was very impressed with the suspense of this movie, I've also read the book and it is quite riveting! It is amazing how much talent can be put into words, then preformed without them :)
Reviewer: Xatar - - May 29, 2010
Subject: Самый первый КиноФранкенштейн
Не стоит обольщатся и ждать от фильма неких страшных открытий и откровений. Проще говоря он вовсе на страшен, но тем не менее обладает некоторой долей атмосферности. Безусловно в очень далёкие годы, когда фильм был создан, возможно он и возбуждал в зрителе страхорождение и может испуг (однако так ли это или нет, мы не знаем (хотя скорее всего так)). Но ныне фильм не порождает таких чувств, а лишь улыбку при взгляде на пафосно-театральную игру, размахивание руками, возбуждённое открытие рта и прочие вещи характерные для раннего кинематографа. Однако, стоит отметить, что это вовсе не идёт в ущерб самому фильму и его действию. А такие сцены, как зарождение чудовища Франкенштейна, финальная сцена с зеркалом, да и вообще все сцены с участием чудовища просто замечательны. Какое-то оборванное существо, махающее руками и открывающее рот как рыба, шагающее широкими шагами и шевелящее пальцами в страшных позах имеет схожесть с неким злобным волосатым гномом-переростком, но тем не менее не могущим причинить кому-либо вреда. Чудовище сразу завоёвывает симпатию зрителя и смотреть на него гораздо приятнее, нежели на студента Франкенштейна.

Весь фильм держится именно на чудовище (что вовсе не умаляет его достоинства (фильма)), а сцены с участием невестки, студента и прочих актёров смотрятся как проходные. Само действие картины совершается где-то в пяти локациях, особое значение среди которых занимают некая лаборатория Франкенштейна, где будет происходить его рождение (в этой локации стоит отметить сидящего на переднем плане бутафорского скелета как сигнала к тому, что сейчас будет происходить нечто ужасное, фантастическое и тайное — рождение чудовища). Само же чудовище рождается после заброса в огромный чан нескольких щепоток магичесого порошка (самого пристального внимания в этой сцене заслуживает поведение Франкенштейна, очень экспрессивное, сродни поведению безумных учёных из малобюджетных будущих кинолент). Такой же экспрессией, как было уже сказано выше, обладает и само чудовище в исполнении Чарльза Огла (однако повторимся, что это как качество раннего кинематографа).

Другая заслуживающая внимания сцена — финальная, которая заставляет зрителя остановить взор на ярко-выраженно стоящем зеркале в полный рост героев и последующей метафорической развязке. Хотя особого какого-то восхищения она всё же не поднимает.

В целом фильм запоминается созданным образом, игрой актёров, некоторыми декорациями, не навевает каких-то особых сюжетных раздумий и будет приятным минивремяпрепровождением как для взрослых, так и для детей.
Reviewer: skybandit - - March 19, 2010
Subject: A Pleasant Surprise.
The first American Science Fiction Mad Scientist! Unlike most of his descendants, he survives the experience and is spared the indignity of a sequel. Must agree that it's better with the sound turned off, costing 1 star.
Reviewer: macabeemchai - - March 19, 2010
Subject: WOW
Fantastic to see this. The level of creativity in that age. Thanks
Reviewer: babe917 - - December 21, 2009
Subject: impressive!!
wow! i never saw this early version either & i love it! i love silent films! its amazing what they could do with what little technology they had! and thats why i love them, they're so different!
Reviewer: DracDan - - March 16, 2009
Subject: Edison's Frankenstein
Having lived in the Cudahy area, I knew Alois Dettlaff. What a treat to see this classic film due to the efforts of this man.
Reviewer: JOEY H - - March 15, 2009
Subject: Frankenstein 1910
I was impressed by it's sustained suspense. I am a silent film expert and will say this film for it's time will be held to the cinema standards and methods of it's day. Having said that, it is deserving of 5 stars Joey H
Reviewer: quigs - - October 30, 2008
Subject: Frankenstei1910-Edison Company
Aymen Grun, it is sad to say, but you won't find it here or anywhere else for that matter. A few weeks ago, a "putz" put Dracula up on the IA and knew full well it was under copyright. It acts like this that it make difficut for consumers like yourself and others to enjoy the experience that IA offers to all free of charge.
Reviewer: Aymen GRUN - - October 30, 2008
Subject: Frankenstein 1931
I'm looking for the 1931 film ?
It seems that itsn't available in archive.org ?
Reviewer: Robin (UK) - - August 17, 2008
Subject: 1910 Monster
As a fan of the horror genre I try to watch films from all eras to see how the horror industry grew. This was the first time that i have seen this early version. I thought it was great. It was a pity that the pixilation ruined the earlier sections but still enjoyable. The special fx for that period were also good, I should imagine that it gave quite a scare at the time. Also the use various coloured frames gave it some texture and helped set the mood, similar to use of dark imaging in today's horrors.
Reviewer: Campfire - - August 28, 2007
Subject: Amazing for 1910.
Another reviewer has mentioned the use of the mirror, but fascinating also is the mirror to introduce a "Jekyll and Hyde" concept in which Frankenstein and the monster are suggested to be two halves of the same man. Unfortunately the only known copy of the film in existance was owned by a (shall we say) strange film collector who wouldn't allow access to the print by legitimate preservationists like Eastman House or AMPAS. By the time he died, significant deterioration had set it. Fortunately it survives sufficiently for us to see that it was really quite an extraordinary achievement for Edison, or for the film industry in general, in 1910.
Reviewer: Evelyn McH - - August 24, 2007
Subject: Rare but flawed copy
Ouch - the soundtrack is an imitation of what someone who doesn't know better presumed "old-timey" silent films must have. This is much better with the sound off.

Viewing it, it suffered with a lot of pixelation in the beginning and in the crucial scene where the monster comes to life, but the special effects for the time, and for Edison, were well done and fairly sophisticated. I could see how intense this must have been for a 1910 audience. Interesting use of the camera and of the mirror as a plot device for that era, too. Watch the scene where the bride enters the room, reflected in the mirror, while the monster hides. Pretty heady stuff for the time.
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